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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Celebrate Safely This Jubilee Weekend!

31/05/2012

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are reminding people to celebrate safely this Jubilee weekend. 

"An all too common occurrence for us across Staffordshire is attending cooking fires caused by people who have left their food unattended and fallen asleep."

Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj

Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj said: "We want you to have fun but we also want you to celebrate safely. Although the forecast isn’t as nice as the weather we have recently had, people will still be enjoying the long weekend in various ways and we’d like to remind everyone to consider fire safety.

"It doesn’t look like it will be barbecue weather for the next few days however people having parties or just cooking family meals still need to make sure they look when they cook.

"Over half of all the house fires we attend start in the kitchen and we believe all cooking fires are avoidable. If you’re the chef, avoid drinking alcohol until you’re finished and never leave cooking unattended.

"If you’re coming home from a night out and feel peckish we would urge you to grab a takeaway on your way back and not attempt to cook late at night – especially not if you’ve been drinking.

"An all too common occurrence for us across Staffordshire is attending cooking fires caused by people who have left their food unattended and fallen asleep. They are not only endangering their lives by doing this but also the lives of anyone else in the house, neighbours and the firefighters who then have to rescue them and deal with the fire.

"We launched our summer safety campaign earlier this month and plenty of tips for staying safe in your home and out about can be found on our website. We can also, as always, come and carry out a free Home Fire Risk Check at your property – simply call 0800 0241 999 to book an appointment."

Over 4,000 beacons are set to be lit from 10pm on Monday 4 June to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee so the Service would like to ask anyone taking part in the beacon celebrations to treat the beacon as you would a bonfire.